Now, my next thought...if we had wanted to have the Republican Party make all our national decisions for us, wouldn't it have made more sense for us to elect dried out old John McCain as president instead of who we did elect, President Barack Obama? So, you agree with me! The question of the day is whether or not President Obama is strong enough or angry enough to be the leader of the United States? Let me qualify this by saying that he got my vote, mostly because he said he would work for the common good and get out of Iraq and, most important of all, do something about the health care costs, make sure that insurance companies were facilitating good health care for the exorbitant premiums they were charging. Did it happen? Not quite!
We still have lots of military troops in Iraq, even though we are told that it is "winding down". Most of the troops brought home from Iraq were sent to Afghanistan for a "surge" while also assuring us that they would be brought back in 2011, than later, 2014. We got a health care bill, of sorts, without a public option which would have lowered costs dramatically, and while it does some good things, they are not going to all go into effect for several years. Drug costs are going up rather than down, because negotiating was deemed out of the question. Some days I have to pinch myself just to be sure I haven't entered some parallel universe by mistake!
I know that half a loaf is better than none, but when you have to borrow the money for that half a loaf from China, what exactly are you gaining? Our jobs outlook is so dreary that it makes me grateful to be retired, I may not be rich, but I can afford to live and eat. However not all my fellow countrymen/women are so lucky. I will never understand how a country can keep borrowing money for engaging in war when the populace needs to rely on food stamps. Doesn't make a lot of economic sense.
Adding insult to injury, now the President wants to keep the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy in exchange for an additional 13 months of funding for unemployment benefits. I don't pay a lot of taxes these days, my income is pretty low, actually poverty level...but I would rather see all the tax cuts expire at the end of December, than see one more iota of wealth go to the people who selfishly brought us to our knees.
It is my fervent belief that we common folks need to strip all politicians of their pensions, their paid health care, their huge salaries, their franking privileges and make them all work for a minimum wage, just like they expect us to. Oh, and while we're at it, how about they work a full 40 hours a week with no paid vacations and have to punch a time clock to prove that they are actually at work? It's what they want us to do! Politicians....pooey!